Opening and Saving Files

Inkscape drawings are stored in SVG files. Upon starting, Inkscape normally creates a new blank drawing. The parameters used for this drawing can be changed by altering the file inkscape/templates/default.svg; see the section called “Custom Templates” in Chapter 24, Customization. You can also add your own templates to the template directory.

Depending on how your operating system is set up, a preexisting Inkscape drawing may be opened by clicking on the drawing's icon or by giving the drawing's filename as a command-line argument. Drawings in other formats may be opened the same way if Inkscape supports the format (see next section).

The following commands for working with files are found under the File menu:

Inkscape will autosave backups if desired. The feature can be toggled on in the Autosave section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog. The interval between saves, the maximum of saves to keep, and the directory where the saves are placed can also be set here.